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Milton Academy Buses

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The Academy has contracted with Local Motion to meet our day student transportation needs.

Bus service will begin on September 8, 2021, and a detailed bus route schedule can be found here. A general outline of the routes is below.

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year bus service is now closed. Please reach out to courtney_hawkesgaidos@milton.edu if you are still interested in registering for bus service. 

While all stops listed on the bus registration form will be offered in 2021-22, the exact times and specific route sequences posted are subject to change prior to and during the school year based on volumes, COVID-19 bus guidance from the state, and our bus company’s (Local Motion’s) guidelines. Current COVID-19 guidelines can be found here.

If you have any questions about bus registration, please contact Courtney Hawkes Gaidos at courtney_hawkesgaidos@milton.edu

Routes Overview

Upper School: morning pickup and two afternoon departures (4 p.m. and 6 p.m.)

  • BROOKLINE ROUTE (Chestnut Hill, Brookline)
  • NEWTON/WELLESLEY ROUTE (Newton, Wellesley)
  • DOVER ROUTE (South Natick, Dover, Needham, Dedham)
  • BOSTON/CAMBRIDGE ROUTE (Boston, Cambridge)

Middle School: morning pickup and two afternoon departures (4 p.m. and 6 p.m.), plus the option of a 2:45 p.m. departure on the Lower & Middle School BOSTON ONLY ROUTE. 

  • BROOKLINE ROUTE (Chestnut Hill, Brookline)
  • NEWTON/WELLESLEY ROUTE (Newton, Wellesley)
  • DOVER ROUTE (South Natick, Dover, Needham, Dedham)
  • BOSTON/CAMBRIDGE ROUTE (Boston, Cambridge)*
  • BOSTON ONLY ROUTE (Boston)*

Lower School: morning pickup and a 3:00 p.m. afternoon departure on the BOSTON ONLY ROUTE -or- morning pickup on the BOSTON ONLY route and a 4:00 p.m. afternoon departure on the BOSTON/CAMBRIDGE ROUTE, which serves Boston. 

  • The lower school BOSTON ONLY ROUTE bus replaces the bus that was privately operated by a group of Milton Academy parents in prior years. 
  • The school is piloting a K-12 4 p.m. Boston/Cambridge Route departure for 2021-22 year; this bus will be open to all K-12 students. The bus will be chaperoned by an adult in addition to the bus driver. 
  • Please note that different from prior years, Middle School students may be assigned to ride the BOSTON ONLY bus. 
  • No other bus routes are available for the Lower School at this time.

*Middle school students who could take either the Boston Only or Boston/Cambridge route should sign up with siblings (e.g., on the upper school bus with an upper school sibling and on the lower school bus with a lower school sibling).  Students without siblings will be assigned to one of these buses based on capacity. Milton Academy reserves the right to change these assignments.

Rates

The following rates apply for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Full year, round trip                         $3,200
Full year, one direction                   $2,205
First half year, both directions        $2,205
Second half year, both directions   $2,205
Single ride ticket**                           $14.50 per ticket

All students registered for the bus are issued a Bus Identification Tag which will be mailed to the student’s home in late August. Bus identification tags must be affixed to the student’s backpack so that the bus driver can verify a student is registered.

There is a $150 cancellation fee if you sign up and then cancel the bus service prior to the start of school. As a result of the fixed, full-year contract, refunds will not be possible for canceled half-year or one-direction passes after the start of school. Families who purchase full-year round trip passes, but whose circumstances after the start of school require them to make other transportation arrangements, are eligible for a 40% refund if canceled by November 1, 2021. By registering for the bus, your family is committing to bus service for next year. No other refunds will be permissable. 

**Families may register for one-way, single ride passes of $14.50 per ride by contacting Courtney Hawkes Gaidos at courtney_hawkesgaidos@milton.edu. Requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Single ride passes are subject to bus capacity availability and may not be available.

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